Restaurants in Chicago

From pizza and hot dogs to ethnic food and haute cuisine, Chicago's restaurants can satisfy any palate.

The Chicago restaurants are grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over US$40)
Moderate (US$20 to US$40)
Cheap (up to US$20)

These Chicago restaurant prices are based on the average price of a three-course meal and a half-bottle of house wine or equivalent, excluding sales tax and tips unless otherwise stated. Restaurants charge sales tax, 10.75%, and it is customary to add a 15-20% tip to all bills.


Price: Expensive
Cuisine: American

Contemporary American food includes succulent chops from local farms, dry aged steaks, innovative garden pea and coconut curry soup and ricotta dumplings, all presided over by award-winning chef Kevin Hickey. It’s located on the seventh floor of the Four Seasons Chicago hotel, so you can take in magnificent views as you tuck into dinner amid sophisticated surroundings.

Address: Four Seasons Hotel, 120 East Delaware Place, Gold Coast, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Telephone: +1 312 799 4900.


Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Mexican

The brainchild of celebrity chef Rick Bayless, Topolobampo serves a tasting menu of exquisite Mexican fare created with top-notch ingredients and presented with style. Book ahead to get a table in the casual dining room lined with Bayless’ personal art collection.

Address: 445 N Clark Street, River North, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Telephone: +1 312 661 1434.


Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Steakhouse

Gibson's is a favourite for native carnivores, tourists and celebrities like Michael Jordan. A friendly staff serves steaks smothered with any combination of blue cheese, onions, crushed pepper, mushrooms, garlic or Cajun rub. Portions are laughingly large: potatoes almost the size of footballs, humongous desserts and beef portions so huge, the only thing missing are the horns and the tail.

Address: 1028 North Rush St., Gold Coast, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Telephone: +1 312 266 8999.


Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Italian

The retro trend is alive and well at this eatery adjacent to the Goodman Theatre. White tablecloths, semi-circular red booths and caricatures of famous Chicagoans, like Harrison Ford (who grew up in the Chicago suburbs), decorate the walls, while Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald can be heard in the background. Tuxedoed waiters serve classic Italian fare, as well as steaks and roasts.

Address: 150 North Dearborn Street, Loop, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Telephone: +1 312 422 0150.

Park Grill

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: American

The Park Grill is located on the Michigan Avenue side of Millennium Park, and is a decent bet in an area plagued by touristy restaurants. Outdoor summer dining is replaced with an ice rink in winter. Considering the restaurant is situated within one of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions, dishes like the pork tenderloin are surprisingly tasty and reasonably priced.

Address: 11 North Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Telephone: +1 312 521 7275.

Kit Kat Lounge

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: European

Folks flock to the Kit Kat for inexpensive martinis and a good time watching the drag show cabaret. The food is solid too, with dishes named after 1940s and 50s entertainers: the Carmen Miranda is a penne pasta dish spiced with andouille sausage and shrimp.

Address: 3700 North Halsted Street, Lake View, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Telephone: +1 773 525 1111.

Green Zebra

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Vegetarian

With high ceilings and grey and white décor accented by vibrant green plants, this high-end restaurant offers a seasonally changing menu of vegetarian and vegan tapas. As with all good vegetarian cooking, the dishes showcase vegetables rather than creating meat-free substitutes, and include ravioli with goat cheese, hazelnut and dates, or parmesan caraway gnocchi.

Address: 1460 West Chicago Avenue, Nobel Square, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Telephone: +1 312 243 7100.

The Wiener’s Circle

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Fast food

Burger and dog lovers in the know head to The Wiener’s Circle, a no-frills stand in Lincoln Park. The meat is chargrilled and should to be ordered with ‘the works’, as locals do: mustard, relish, onions, sliced pickles, peppers, tomato and a dash of celery salt. The employees are infamously surly, particularly in the early hours.

Address: 2622 N Clark Street, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Telephone: +1 773 477 7444.


Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Steakhouse and seafood

Fish and meat glow in the visible ovens, grills and rotisseries of this 1940s-style supper club. Wood, stone, rounded banquettes, martinis and swing music create the mood. The chopped salad is big enough for two, and you can’t miss with anything that is crusted - clams, steak, mussels or fish. Reservations recommended.

Address: 159 West Erie Street, River North, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Telephone: +1 312 787 9000.
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